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Three Spiritual Lessons to Keep You in the Race

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Three Spiritual Lessons to Keep You in the Race
BY RICK WARREN — JANUARY 13, 2016


“In a race everyone runs, but only one person gets first prize. So run your race to win. To win the contest you must deny yourselves many things that would keep you from doing your best. An athlete goes to all this trouble just to win a blue ribbon or a silver cup, but we do it for a heavenly reward that never disappears. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I fight to win.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-26 TLB)

Did you know that you’re in a race?

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 9:24-26, “In a race everyone runs, but only one person gets first prize. So run your race to win. To win the contest you must deny yourselves many things that would keep you from doing your best. An athlete goes to all this trouble just to win a blue ribbon or a silver cup, but we do it for a heavenly reward that never disappears. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I fight to win” (TLB).

While you’re running your race, I don’t want you to get sidelined. I don’t want you to get run off into a ditch. I want you to make it to the finish line and win the prize.

Just like the soldier, the athlete has three things to teach us about being the best we can be.

You must intend to win. This is the difference in being a casual Christian and a committed Christian. Is there a difference between a competitive golfer and a casual golfer? Oh yeah. The committed golfer takes it seriously. He’s playing to win. The casual golfer is just having fun during his time off. The difference is the degree of seriousness. If you’re going to win in life, it’s got to be intentional. It’s not going to happen by accident or without effort. How serious are you about being who God made you to be?
You must discipline yourself. No athlete becomes a pro athlete without training. You don’t become great by doing whatever you feel like doing. There are no shortcuts to maturity. There are no shortcuts to greatness. What are some things you can do without so you can spend more time with God, give more to God, serve more, and be more of what God wants you to be?
You must stay focused on the reward. You can handle enormous pain and discipline in your life if you realize there’s a purpose for it and that there’s going to be a payoff at the end. The Bible says in Hebrews 12:2, “Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed — that exhilarating finish in and with God — he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God” (MSG).

Talk It Over

Would the people you work with call you a committed or casual Christian? Why?
In what areas of your life do you need to become more disciplined?
What are some practical ways you can “keep your eyes on Jesus?”
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  • LOULOUWLG403
    I hope my friends will say I'm a committed Christian. Because I pray to Jesus everyday! I'm in pain every day! I have migraines/sinus headaches. A lot of it is
    due to where I live. It's the climate, I live in! Giving more money to my church. I'm paying off a bankruptcy, and I just don't have the money for all of it. plus my meds.
    I'm not sure about the last answer, maybe praying to Jesus! Have a Thankful &
    Blessed Thursday! LYL!
    1976 days ago
  • SURVIVOR61
    No one knows another persons pain except for Christ Jesus and Father God. That is why it is so important to have our scriptures and clergy to turn to for help. Sometimes we can see when someone is in pain and sometimes we can't. It is often the ones who suffer in silence that suffer the most and have the deepest scars.

    It is then we must tread very carefully as to not cause further pain. But to pray for this person to find the solace that they need. Until they realize they do need help it is often that they remain suffering in silence.

    It is very good of you to have this blog. It does let people know that you are here for them.
    Thank you
    1977 days ago
  • TREKPURRSON
    I pray every morning to thank God for this day, and ask the Holy Spirit to show me how I can help someone today, for Jesus' sake.... emoticon emoticon
    1977 days ago
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